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Video: Sunseeker 80 motor yacht SEAS THE DAY cruising into Fort Lauderdale, Florida

September 02, 2014

Luxury motor yacht ‘Seas the Day’ is a lovely Sunseeker 80 vessel, built by the leading British shipyard, Sunseeker Yachts. Powered by twin MAN V12 1800 diesels and fitted with zero speed stabilizers for stabilization when at anchor, the 24-metre superyacht ‘Seas the Day’ can comfortably sleep up to 8 guests in 4 well appointed staterooms. Below is a video showing this striking vessel while cruising into Fort Lauderdale, a fabulous Florida yacht charter destination. The video has been released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

Harvey Schiller appointed as commercial commissioner for 35th America’s Cup

August 29, 2014

Dr. Harvey Schiller has become a Commercial Commissioner for the 35th America’s Cup. The role of Commercial Commissioner is new to the America’s Cup. Dr. Schiller will be responsible for supervising, managing and protecting the commercial interests of the America’s Cup. He will work closely with all of the competitors, the Regatta Director, as well as the America’s Cup Event Authority.

© Gilles Martin-Raget - Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner, 35th America's Cup

© Gilles Martin-Raget - Dr. Harvey Schiller, Commercial Commissioner, 35th America's Cup

“This is an exciting time to be involved in the America’s Cup,” Dr. Schiller said. “Following the thrilling event we saw last summer, when ORACLE TEAM USA came from behind to win the Cup, interest in the event is as high as it’s ever been. Our job now is to translate those opportunities into growth of the event for the benefit of all participants. As such, I’m extremely gratified to see how the teams have started working together with such a high level of cooperation over the past few months.”

Schiller has had one of the most legendary careers in public service and sports business, having served as Commissioner of the Southeastern Conference, the Executive Director of the US Olympic Committee and President of Turner Sports as well as Chairman and CEO of YankeeNets and President of the International Baseball Federation.

His personal accomplishments away from sport include a Distinguished Flying Cross for his service in the United States Air Force (where he retired as Brigadier General), and a Ph.D. in chemistry from the University of Michigan. He also currently serves on the board of the World Baseball Classic and the Baseball Hall of Fame. Dr. Schiller has also served on the America’s Cup Advisory Board since 2010.

Dr. Schiller starts the role with immediate effect. Items on the to-do list include finalizing the America’s Cup World Series schedule, format and venues, and securing international broadcast agreements.

Thirteen Things to See and Do at the upcoming Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show (FLIBS)

August 29, 2014

Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS) is set to run in the beautiful Florida yacht holiday destination – Ft. Lauderdale from October 30 through November 3. The largest in-water boat show in the world annually attracts an international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the “Yachting Capital of the World” to experience the single best showcase of marine products as well as accessories on the planet. Each year, show organizers strive to deliver new, exciting features to enrich the overall show experience and engage audiences.

FLIBS 2013 - Photo by Forest Johnson

FLIBS 2013 - Photo by Forest Johnson

Here are the top 13 things to see and do at this year’s show:

1. Check out an astounding number of yachts. From astonishing super-yachts to fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show delivers the excitement of boating for anyone who loves to get out on the water.

2. Stop by Pier 66 Marina, the show’s newest location.  Recently reopened following a total marina renovation, this show site will feature an impressive display of brokerage yachts and attractive dining options, including Pelican Landing restaurant for casual dining and drinks, and fine cuisine at the upscale Grille 66 & Bar. Pier 66 Marina will be accessible via shuttle bus (Green Line) and/or Water Taxi. Qualified guests will be able to sea trial yachts during the show from this location.

3. Grab a bite to eat at the show’s new, full-service pop-up restaurant, Hugh’s Café at the Hall of Fame Marina, operated by Hugh’s Culinary. Located at the Hall of Fame Marina show location, the concept is designed to offer another quality dining option for guests and a place for industry professionals to meet and conduct business.

4. Relax and grab a drink at the new IGFA Sportfishing Lounge, located inside the Broward County Convention Center. While you’re there, enjoy free fishing, diving and boating seminars and workshops for anglerstaught by some of the area’s best captains and professional anglers.

5. For the kids, catch the Hook The Future kids’ fishing clinics where kids get a free rod/reel combo and plenty of other prizes.

6. Check out the expanded Blue Wild area featuring scuba and freediving, lobstering and safety seminars, a huge selection of marine art and the all-new JYPSEA Swimwear Show.

7. Take in a flick at the Boat Show Film Festival,screening Crew Unlimited’s Yachtie Da Film Festival, Guy Harvey Ocean Conservancy films, and trailers from this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival.

8. Check out live paddleboard, kayak, hovercraft and freedive demos at the AquaZone, presented by Nautical Ventures and new this year to the Sailfish Pavilion at the Convention Center location. Guests will learn directly from the pros in a 25-foot-by-50-foot, 15,000 gallon pool.

9. Ogle the exotic auto display, a private jet, personal submarines and the latest yacht and water toys. Even if you’re not in the market for a new boat this year, the show offers amazing exhibits and fun for all.

10. People-watch at the show’s world-famous floating cocktail lounges. Find a seat, grab a cold drink and cool off in the shade. Have a bite to eat and recharge while enjoying live music and even livelier crowds.

11. Explore the impressive displays and shop for the latest gear or gifts. Nearly $4 billion worth of boats and marine products across more than three million square feet of exhibit space includes an array nautical clothing, gear, the latest marine electronics, accessories and more.

12. Hop a ride to the show aboard free riverboats and $10 all-day Water Taxi transportation. The show’s seven locations are connected by a convenient land and water transportation network offering several parking and transportation options to get show-goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

13. Watch the spectacular fireworks display on opening night at the Bahia Mar Marina. FLIBS always wows guests in many ways, whether it is the jaw-dropping superyachts, the lavish parties and fun-filled events or the amazing fireworks. Year after year, the show aims to bring an enhanced experience to all who come through the gates.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Oct. 30 (Prime Time Preview) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:

Adults $22 online, $24 at show

Children (ages 6-15) $7 online, $9 at show

Children (under 6) Free

Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Oct. 31) $38 online, $40 at show

Two-Day Ticket $40 online, $42 at show

Magnum Marine to showcase new Magnum 51 mega yacht tender at Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2014

August 29, 2014

Magnum Marine will be attending this year’s Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, running in the fantastic Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3. During the event, the company will showcase their all-new Magnum 51 mega yacht tender, delivered to its new owner from Miami this summer.

Magnum 51 superyacht tender by Magnum Marine at full speed

Magnum 51 superyacht tender by Magnum Marine at full speed

Equipped with twin MTU 10V2000M94 of 1,600 HP, Magnum 51 yacht tender represents the results of Magnum Marine new studies in a more environmental friendly boat, especially on fuel economy and speed. Amazingly, this over 70 MPH boat will use only 100gph, thanks to the lighter weight, common rail engines, the stiffer and lighter hull construction and the surface drives system.

During the Ft. Lauderdale Boat Show 2014, the new Magnum 51 luxury yacht tender will be, by special appointment and permission from owner, available for sea trials after the show.

Magnum 51 yacht tender from above

Magnum 51 yacht tender from above

Interiors of the Magnum 51 yacht tender model include a large salon and galley, master stateroom, head and crew cabin. Also called “Bestia”(Beast) the boat is characterized by her tremendous speed, acceleration and brute power. The Magnum 51’ is a narrow beam, deep-vee, very heavy hull, generally equipped with twin Caterpillar or MTU diesels of between 1600 and 1925 HP each coupled to Arneson surface drives. The top speed can reach up to 74 MPH. Very impressive is her unbelievable seaworthiness in all weather conditions.

The boat slices through the waves and can safely and comfortably make long crossings in rough seas, whilst large yachts remain in port. In spite of its small size, the Magnum 51’ superyacht tender has approx 7’ headroom and boasts a comfortable double cabin with Queen sized berth and plenty of closet space, a large head with stall shower, a salon, galley and crew cabin. The cockpit, with bolster helm and companion seats also features an L-shaped side and transom seat and sundeck.

Magnum 51 luxury yacht tender

Magnum 51 luxury yacht tender

Technical Specifications of Magnum 51 mega yacht tender – year 2014 edition

Deep V hull

LOA 49′9″ 15.16 m

Maximum Beam 13’8″′ 3.73 m

Draft, approx. 3’6″ 1.06 m

Displacement, approx. 33,000 lbs 15.4 tons

Fuel Capacity 52, 000 lbs 23.5 tons

Fresh Water Capacity 150 gals 568.1

Top speed, approx. 70-75 mph 60-63 kts

Power: Twin CAT or MAN diesels each 1,600-1,925 HP

Drives Arneson Surface Drives

MORE NEWS ON MAGNUM MARINE

Two new models

Magnum is developing the restyling of two new models, also driven by  new environmental concerns on fuel savings. The new Magnum 70 and the new Magnum 60 (both to be launched in 2015) will use less fuel for a similar performance thanks in part to new lamination technology that yard soon announces. Those models will also produce much less noise and less pollution. At the request of new Magnum clients, both models will have a very light hard top, which will protect from rain and provide shade, without giving a totally indoor enclosed feeling. One of the client referred: “I don’t want to feel as if I were indoors; I would like to feel as if I were outside, but under the shade of a tree. Magnum has achieved his goals. The windshield, protects from the air; and the top protects from the  sun and the rain; nevertheless, the new Magnums still feel like being in an open boat; the owner of the first of this new series has named his boat “Freedom”. Both models are presently under construction.

A new book will be complimenting with the  Magnum Marine Museum!

Magnum Marine has also just launched its Magnum Marine Anniversary Book and website and will be complimenting both with a Magnum Marine Museum, which soon can be seen on Magnum’s new web site  and then later in Miami.

Video: 120’ Broward motor yacht SOVEREIGN heading into Ft. Lauderdale, Florida

August 29, 2014

Originally launched by Broward Marine in 1993, luxury charter yacht Sovereign is a beautiful 36m (120’) vessel, with last refit in 2005. Available for rent in the lovely America yacht charter destination – New England during the winter months, motor yacht Sovereign provides comfortable accommodation to up to 12 guests in her well-designed layout. Below is a video showing this striking vessel while heading into Florida’s Fort Lauderdale from the Atlantic Ocean, released by ‘ZipZapPower’.

AYSS – A co-sponsor of the Welcome Party at 2014 Newport Charter Yacht Show

August 28, 2014

The Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 was a huge success. From June 23 to 26, the event hosted an amazing line-up of 27 world-class yachts, available for rent in the lovely America yacht charter location – New England this summer. This year, the Association of Yacht Support Services (AYSS) co-sponsored the Welcome Party, followed by morning forums as well as evening networking events.

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

Newport Charter Yacht Show 2014 - Photo by Billy Black

The show was skillfully managed by the Newport Exhibition Group who organized the yachts to be viewed by brokers, owners, charter agents and vendors.

The yachts participating ranged from 24 to 70 Meters and hosted shore-side events including Chefs competitions, Broker lunches, Tablescaping competitions and evening “yacht hops” with different themes, where signature cocktails were served by well dressed crew.

New motor yacht Viking 75 hits the water

August 28, 2014

Last week saw the Viking Yachts‘ return to the motor yacht market become another day closer to reality, when the all-new motor yacht Viking 75 left the building for her proverbial Travelift ride to the launch well.

Luxury yacht Viking 75 left her building at Viking Yachts

Luxury yacht Viking 75 left her building at Viking Yachts

Once in the water, Viking’s Joe Snodgrass took bow and stern waterline measurements to mark for freeboard heights, while the dip in the basin helped establish the location for the waterline striping.

Viking's Joe Snodgrass takes bow and stern waterline measurements

Viking's Joe Snodgrass takes bow and stern waterline measurements

While the interior and exterior appointments of the yacht are still being finalized, there is no mistaking the beautiful lines of the luxury yacht Viking 75, which will make her world premiere at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014. She will be available for sea trials through the company’s exclusive dealer network.

New motor yacht Viking 75 on the water

New motor yacht Viking 75 on the water

Below is a gallery for the stylish charter yachts built by Viking:

Launch of 43m sailing yacht COLUMBIA at Eastern Shipbuilding

August 28, 2014

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. is thrilled to announce the recent launch of the 43-metre sailing yacht COLUMBIA, a steel hull replica of the historic Gloucester Fishing Schooner. The launching of superyacht COLUMBIA took place at Eastern’s Nelson Street facility in Florida’s Panama City on August 23, 2014 and was attended by employees, dignitaries, as well as guests.

43m super yacht COLUMBIA launched by Eastern Shipbuilding

43m super yacht COLUMBIA launched by Eastern Shipbuilding

On April 17, 1923, the original COLUMBIA was launched in Essex, Massachusetts. Ninety-one years later, an exact replica of the COLUMBIA (ESG Hull 981) was launched in Panama City, Florida.

At the christening ceremony, Brian D’Isernia spoke about the journey of bringing the super yacht COLUMBIA back to life, the teamwork of the companies, and thanked the hard work of the men and women that made this dream possible. Steve Southerland, U.S.

Representative of the 2nd District of Florida, spoke about the teamwork and dedication of putting together a vessel like the COLUMBIA yacht. Father Roy Marien of Saint John’s Catholic Church of Panama City, Florida, performed the blessing of the vessel. Brian’s wife, Mimi D’Isernia had the honor of christening the COLUMBIA.

Launch of luxury sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Launch of luxury sailing yacht COLUMBIA

The original COLUMBIA was a 141’ classic Gloucester Fishing Schooner built at the historic A.D. Story shipyard of Essex, Massachusetts. Essex was the center for North American Fishing Schooner construction. Designed by the innovative William Starling Burgess, the COLUMBIA was bred for speed. In the fall of 1923, the COLUMBIA challenged the BLUENOSE, Canada’s legendary schooner in the International Fishermen’s Cup Races in Halifax. Nearly winning the title, the COLUMBIA was narrowly defeated by the BLUENOSE and was one of the few American schooners to provide a challenge to BLUENOSE.

Tragedy struck the promising young COLUMBIA on August 24, 1927 near Sable Island, the notorious “Graveyard of the Atlantic”, where the COLUMBIA was lost with all hands in a gale. Decades later, Brian D’Isernia, owner of Eastern Shipbuilding Group, Inc. in Panama City, Florida, discovered the original lines plan of the COLUMBIA in the Essex Shipbuilding Museum in Massachusetts. He took the opportunity to fulfill a lifelong dream of bringing a significant piece of maritime history back to life. Drawn by her proud history and her beauty, Brian began the journey of bringing the COLUMBIA back to life, and returning her to the glory she deserves.

Classic sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Classic sailing yacht COLUMBIA

Working with John W. Gilbert & Associates of Boston, Massachusetts, the design was re-engineered with a steel hull instead of wood. An engine room and staterooms were added to the design. Covey Island Boatworks of Linenburg Nova Scotia built the rigging and spars. Blocks were fabricated by A. Dauphinee & Sons and all the sails were constructed by Michelle Stevens Sailloft, LTD, both from the Second Peninsula, Lunenburg, Nova Scotia. Teak decking was completed by Teakdecking Systems of Florida.

Luxury yacht COLUMBIA will continue to undergo outfitting and begin sailing trials this fall. She will also be exhibited at the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show October 30th – November 3rd, 2014.

Original COLUMBIA Yacht launched in 1927

Original COLUMBIA Yacht launched in 1923

Design details of super yacht COLUMBIA:

DIMENSIONS:

Length On Deck ……………………………………………………… 141’-2”

Length @ Waterline………………………………………………..110’-0”

Beam (Molded) ……………………………………………………… 25’-6”

Hull & Superstructure Construction…………………………. Steel, ABS Grade A-36

Main Mast …………………….One (1) 17” x 124’-10”, Covey Island Boatworks, Douglas Fir

Laminated Lower. Sitka Spruce Laminated Top Mast

Foremast ……………………….One (1) 17” x 115’-7”, Covey Island Boatworks, Douglas Fir

Laminated Lower. Sitka Spruce Laminated Top Mast

CERTIFICATES/REGULATORY:

Registry/Flag/Certificate of Documentation: United States of America

CONSTRUCTION GUIDANCE:

The vessels hull, superstructure and underwater gear are designed constructed and Classed in accordance with the Lloyds Registry Rules for Building and Classing Steel Vessels.

Eastern Shipbuilding Group, INC.

Eastern’s proven successful shipbuilding record stems from the fact that they are willing to accept any new challenge and are confident that they can successfully build and deliver any type of vessel that their Client’s require, both on time and on budget.

As Eastern moves into the future, they look forward to the continued diversification and growth of their portfolio of vessels which brings new challenges and ultimately grows the company. At Eastern, each employee starts and ends the day with the same goal in mind; work safe, work smart, and build the best vessel possible. Eastern currently has a total workforce of over 1,600 employees.

55th Annual Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show, October 30 – November 3, 2014

August 27, 2014

Entering its 55th year, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show® (FLIBS), the largest in-water boat show in the world, is set to run in the glamorous Florida yacht charter destination – Fort Lauderdale from October 30 to November 3, 2014. The event annually attracts an international audience of thousands of marine enthusiasts to the “Yachting Capital of the World” to experience the single best showcase of marine products and accessories on the planet. From beautiful super-yachts to fishing boats, runabouts and boats for every budget, the Boat Show delivers the excitement of boating, for any lifestyle.

FLIBS 2013 - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

FLIBS 2013 - Photo Credit to Forest Johnson

Each year, the show organizers strive to deliver new, exciting features to enrich the overall show experience and engage audiences. Several noteworthy enhancements already have been confirmed for this year’s show, including the addition of Pier 66 Marina, a full-service pop-up restaurant and the IGFA Sportfishing Lounge.

The iconic Pier 66 Marina, currently undergoing upgrades, will serve as the show’s seventh location and feature an impressive display of brokerage yachts. The location also offers several dining options,  such as Pelican Landing restaurant, which offers casual dining and drinks, or the upscale atmosphere  and fine cuisine at Grille 66 & Bar.

The new pop-up restaurant concept, located at the Hall of Fame Marina show location, is designed to offer another quality dining option for guests and a place for industry professionals to meet and conduct  business. Centrally located, the new restaurant will be open all show days and will be operated by Hugh’s Culinary, one of the area’s top caterers. Other nearby options include local foodie favorites Coconuts restaurant and G&B Oyster Bar, located just outside the show adjacent to the Hall of Fame Marina.

The IGFA Sportfishing Lounge, located inside the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center show location, will offer comfortable seating and drink service. Outside the Convention Center, the Sailfish Pavilion Bar and Grill will offer a great selection of grilled favorites and refreshing drinks.

“Year after year our goal for the show is to enhance the overall experience for visitors and offer industry professionals the best platform to conduct business,” said Efrem “Skip” Zimbalist III, CEO of Show Management, the company that manages and produces the show. “This year we have more exhibit space than ever before, further-improved navigational aids and additional dining options all designed to ensure that FLIBS remains the center of the yachting world.”

The Complete Boating Lifestyle

Featuring nearly $4 billion worth of boats and marine products across more than three million square feet of exhibit space, the Fort Lauderdale International Boat Show is known for its astounding number of yachts, which attract enthusiasts from around the world. But the show offers something for everyone who loves the water, and even those not in the market to buy a boat can find an array of fun-filled activities.

Other attention-grabbing exhibits include an exotic auto display, a private jet, personal submarines and a huge selection of the latest yacht and water toys. For those not looking for a new toy, the show offers plenty of fun including world-famous floating cocktail lounges, live musical entertainment and exciting fishing and boating seminars for adults and children of all ages.

Navigating the Show

Making for easier navigation and an enhanced show experience, the show features themed areas including the Performance Village, the Sportfish Village, CruiserPort, the Superyacht Experience, the Yachting Pavilion, the Yacht Builders Pavilion and the show’s Kid Zone, located at the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center, featuring kids fishing clinics presented by Hook The Future.

All attractions and show locations can be easily located through MyBoatShow, the show’s free smartphone app, designed to help navigate the show’s docks, land areas and tents.

“Over the past several years we have incorporated numerous useful navigation aids to make getting around the many show sites as effortless as possible,” said Steve Sheer, director of marketing for Show Management. “With the app, bright color-coded directional signage, maps, the show greeter program and a reliable ground and water transportation system, thousands of visitors make their way around quite effortlessly.“

The show’s seven locations are connected by a convenient land and water transportation network offering several parking and transportation options to get show-goers to the Bahia Mar Fort Lauderdale Beach Hotel & Yachting Center, the Hall of Fame Marina, Las Olas Municipal Marina, Hilton Fort Lauderdale Marina, Sails Marina, Pier 66 Marina and the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center.

SCHEDULE:

Thursday, Oct. 30 (Prime Time Preview) 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 31 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 1 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 7 p.m.

Monday, Nov. 3 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

ADMISSION:

Adults $22 online, $24 at show

Children (ages 6-15) $7 online, $9 at show

Children (under 6) Free

Prime Time Preview (Thursday, Oct. 31) $38 online, $40 at show

Two-Day Ticket $40 online, $42 at show

Horizon Yacht USA to showcase Horizon RP110 motor yacht ANDREA VI at 2014 Newport International Boat Show

August 27, 2014

Horizon Yacht USA has proudly announced that they will be showcasing the first Horizon RP110 motor yacht Andrea VI at the 2014 Newport International Boat Show, running from September 11 to 14. Built by Horizon to a design by JC Espinosa in 2013, superyacht Andrea VI will be the largest vessel on display during the event.

Horizon RP110 super yacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 super yacht Andrea VI

Horizon RP110 luxury yacht Andrea VI can comfortably sleep her guests in 4 beautiful and elegant staterooms. There is a full-beam master cabin, port and starboard queen guest suites, as well as a VIP cabin in the bow.

RP110 super yacht Andrea VI´s double chine hull design provides excellent sea keeping with stability and enhanced hydrodynamics to minimize drag and improve overall performance.

Below is a gallery for the lovely charter yachts built by Horizon.